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April 01
​Make Wake Count on Census Day

Virtual Press Conference, Party Planned

It’s Census Day, and we encourage Wake County residents to stand up and be counted. It’s quick, easy and can be done completely online.

“We only have one chance every 10 years to get this right,” said Vickie Adamson, vice chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners and chair of the county’s Complete Count Committee. “The 2020 Census will shape so many aspects of Wake County over the next decade—including education, transportation, healthcare and more. In these uncertain times it’s more important than ever to plan for our community’s future.”

Residents should have received an invitation in March to participate in the Census. There are three ways to respond:

  • Online: Use the code in your invitation or your address at 2020census.gov.
  • By mail: Send back the paper questionnaire you received.
  • By phone: Call a toll-free number—numerous languages are available.

Wake County’s Complete Count Committee has been working tirelessly for the past year to share the importance of the 2020 Census. Hundreds of volunteers participated in more than 250 community events and helped spread the word on social media.

As of March 31, Wake County’s self-response rate was 39.5%, compared to North Carolina’s rate of 33%. You can view real-time response rate updates here


COVID-19 and the 2020 Census
Since plans for Census Day celebrations had to be changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NC Counts Coalition is holding a virtual press conference at 11:15 a.m. today followed by a Census Day Virtual Party at noon. Information is available here.

We also encourage residents to share that they have completed the Census by posting on social media and using the hashtag #WakeCounts.

The U.S. Census Bureau is adapting or delaying some of its operations to protect the health and safety of its staff and the public. Field operations have been suspended until April 15, when officials will reassess the situation. Updated information on the Census Bureau’s plans can be found here


The Importance of an Accurate Count
The Census Bureau recently announced that Wake County is now the state’s most populous county. The 2020 Census will be used to validate those numbers and help determine:

  • How more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. These funds are spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
  • The number of seats each state gets in Congress.
  • How state and local officials draw boundaries for congressional districts, state legislative districts and school districts.

For more information on the 2020 U.S. Census, visit 2020census.gov. Information is also available at wakegov.com/census


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